Spring is a Week Away, but the Heat is Already Here

Have you “felt the heat” recently? In 2017 Spring Equinox starts on Monday, March 20, bringing with it rising energy bills for air conditioning and home comfort.

You can save money, reduce energy usage and be ready for summer when the heat really hits us by installing or upgrading to high-efficiency rated heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and going solar to power it all.

Depending on factors like the age of your current system, lifestyle, etc., you could cut your monthly energy bill in half.

Tax Credits

Tax credits are available for purchases made in 2017. ENERGY STAR products eligible for tax credits are independently certified to save energy, save money and protect the environment. Use up to 30% less energy in your home by outfitting it with ENERGY STAR products available across more than 70 categories. Click Here for more details.

Solar Energy in California

The Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is a 30% federal tax credit for solar installations on both residential and commercial properties, reducing the tax liability for individuals or businesses that purchase qualifying solar energy technologies.

In addition to the federal ITC, California also has state and municipal incentives that can be seen via the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). We can provide most up-to-date information on solar incentives when you schedule a FREE estimate with us. Click Here for links with more information.

More Ideas for Savings

Most importantly, you should practice preventative maintenance on your systems, new or old, for optimal performance.

We recommend getting a tune-up before the summer to make sure everything is in proper working order. Like an oil change on a car, you really should do it to help make sure that the engine won’t break down.

Check the air filter often for dirt, pet hair, grass and other debris. Shutting the system off when mowing the lawn can help prevent clogging, and will help those who have allergies in your home.

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The Latest in Home Automation

Now you can monitor and control components of your home from virtually anywhere. This remarkable new system puts remote access to your thermostat, lighting, home security and more right in the palm of your hand. Optional add-on equipment and over-the-air software upgrades make this system highly customizable, expandable and future-proof. Watch this brief video, then call us to schedule an appointment for a free estimate: (707) 400-6875.

All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning goes Solar!

 

 

All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning has now added “Solar” to its installation services. We are now a SolarWorld dealer. Installing a complete Solar, Heating, and Air Conditioning systems is the best, most efficient option for the long run. If you would like a FREE estimate for a complete system or for just the solar system, call us at (707) 400-6875.

Does Insulation Truly Help Maintain Your Home’s Cool?

It is not unusual for people to experience challenges with maintaining comfortable temperatures in their homes during the heat of summer months. If that is what you are facing, then you will be interested in knowing there are some strategies to consider that could help keep your home cool even during the hottest summer months.

 

Energy Exchange

Have you ever watched a cold beverage in a glass develop condensation on the outside? If so, you have witnessed the exchange of energy. The liquid inside the glass gains heat from the temperature of the surrounding air. Your home functions in much the same way. Heat from the outside starts to invade and you turn on the air conditioner.

During the building process, Home Insulation is placed in the attic, ceilings and walls to reduce the amount of energy transfer taking place. Even the HVAC ducts are often insulated to cut down on how much cold air is lost while it is being sent from the unit to the rooms in your house.

 

Energy Efficiency Troubleshooting

Homeowners naturally worry when utility bills begin to increase. They wonder if there is anything they can do to reduce the high cost of maintaining a comfortable home. Contacting a local HVAC professional is the best place to start. A technician will determine if there are any unsealed drafts, leaky ducts, fault thermostats, or insufficient insulation. They will also check the equipment for proper size and whether or not it requires maintenance.

Oftentimes, it is not lack of insulation causing loss of comfort or high energy bills. Lack of maintenance on the cooling system is typically to blame. Once the unit has been properly brought back to its optimal operating condition your home should become a more pleasant place to live.

Preventative maintenance on the home comfort system will extend the life of the appliance. Our technicians will inspect your system and perform required repairs or maintenance. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you. Then don’t forget to follow us for more great articles on heating, air conditioning and home needs.

Tips For Your Summer Energy Savings Plan

Warmer temperatures certainly have many homeowners thinking about the high cost of air conditioning their home. Fortunately, when you take time to consider some easy energy savings ideas, you can lower those expensive utility bills while still keeping your home cool and comfortable. For example, an easy place to start is to get a home energy audit, which can help determine if your ducts are leaking. Problems with your ductwork can result in a waste of up to one-third of your heating and cooling costs, that’s a significant amount of money to throw away each month.

Other HVAC energy savings home energy savings tips include making sure your home is protected from the direct heat of the sun. Use drapes, curtains, blinds or shades to block the sun from heating up your home. After all, the hotter your home gets, the more your air conditioner will need to work to cool it down. Make sure your home is properly insulated and all cracks and leaks are sealed to prevent air loss. Additionally, the use of ceiling fans can help keep your home cool while allowing you to raise the setting on your air conditioner; an excellent way to reduce energy usage and save on cooling bills. Be sure to set your fan to turn in a counter-clockwise direction during the summer.

In addition to these energy savings tips, taking care of your home’s HVAC system is essential for optimal energy efficiency. This includes annual maintenance by a professional HVAC technician who has been trained to ensure your air conditioner is functioning at its best. Part of routine air conditioner maintenance should also include cleaning or changing your HVAC filter at least once each month. A clean filter will allow proper air flow for your air conditioner and ensure it is able to operate at peak performance and efficiency.

When you want to lower home energy bills it is important to put together a summer energy savings plan. In addition to the energy savings tips provided, installing a high efficiency air conditioner can make a dramatic impact on the amount of energy needed to keep your home cool. Give us a call to find out how a new energy efficient air conditioner can help save you money this summer.